Damsels have values, more than known and that we hear and read in folktales, legends, fairytales and news today.
August 30, 2021
Released --> Damsels Overcome
Damsels have values, more than known and that we hear and read in folktales, legends, fairytales and news today.
June 4, 2021
Incubation of a story
How long do I shelve my first draft, before reading the manuscript and re-drafting?
Sometimes 10 years, the elves have waited since 2005, I did do a bit in 2012 then got busy with my fairytale of 25 years and much beyond start in 1986 and finish 2014 - many adventures inbetween; gardening, computer death and all saved files, storytelling, then the door open for self-publishing and so the fairytale finish and on the web. Rhyonna is flying from here to there on the vast web. She is waiting for marketing.
Then I wrote about 6 storytelling books which are now waiting - one is finish and almost published, which took about 10 years. The premise change several times: humble heroes, able women to damsels and their value.
So the elves are shelved and waiting, impatiently. They have many tales to tell and now a village, which is a colony of 36+ individually.
May 5, 2021
Understanding of males as Knights in Shining Armor
I am commenting about my attitude about the 'Knight in Shining Armor' assuming they are all males, which is not true.
Anyway here is my take of the knight or prince charming.
From the legends about the Knights who roamed Europe commissioned by the Kings of England; the Knight has ravished dragons of one sort or another (for treasure) to saved a damsel or is this slaying really give fame to himself. My comment came from my attitude, 'The Knight slays the dragon to secure the jewels for himself.' (jewels = skills)
Sure, some damsel want 'saved'; although most damsels desire to do their own work. To be saved by a Knight is servitude because the maiden or matron becomes the victim in a triangle --> saved, victim, indebted. The tale Spider Weaver in my book Damsels Overcome; if she does not do her saving another danger comes along.
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As a damsel: she can do her bidding, to be saved or not to be saved.
February 5, 2021
Special Friendships Made through Blogging
Friends through the blogosphere are friends I met in the physical sphere as professional the storytellers and writers, and we carried the friendship to their blogs. WE never really discussed in the physical sphere what they said on their blogs.
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Artists are into the real world and how to interpret, not words. The YouTubers interest in their productions of movies and putting them or us together in the pictorials.
Might be my age! Following everyone takes time and distracts from producing my stories or writing. I need my time, my space and my words -- old age and death close causing me to be selfish. I do need the followers, READERS, and BUYERS!
January 21, 2021
Damsels Overcome soon in bookstores
Turtle and the Hare; all characters males. Masculine pronouns lock us into male narratives and male norms.
DAMSELS OVERCOME has 20 folktales from different times and many countries. Included are blurbs about my identity and dispute with the narratives about the damsels who appeared in these traditional male-dominated dialogues written in literature and folklore from the 6th to 18th centuries.
Launch date is August 30, 2021.
December 3, 2020
The time of the year that is my best writing time.
Getting them published is my next enormous step. Is there a challenge for publishing?
November 2, 2020
Why do I write what I write?
From the creators of The Insecure Writer's Support Group,
Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”
Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.”
SO ← why do I write and tell traditional tales and myths? I write and tell to inform readers and listeners of the other worlds of yesterday and how these worlds affect or effect our world today, changed history, and rewritten for people in power for control of people in a culture.
How we evolve is found in folktales, legends, myths, fables, cautionary tales, fairy tales and epics. My writings warn that these tales change to suit the ones who control the media which can be verbal, written, or filmed. The stories taken and changed from the cultures of primitives, the Hindi, Chinese, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Africans, Egyptians, Mayas, Incas, Mongols, Arabians, English and our American culture. The cultural writers give explanations of what is thought as real at that time and this time.
Reality has the same plots, characters, concerns, fears, and hopes then as now in the analogies of what is seen and heard as evolve by language, and technologies.
Always, beware of whom tells the tales and what is reality is use.
September 2, 2020
August 4, 2020
Folktales linked together create my genre.
On a stage for one to two, hours most storytellers connect their stories by a frame; the stories might have different characters, time, and settings; a novel uses scenes with the same characters. So I use dragon, tiger, anger, and justice through history in stories to relate as we travel on an ancient time path.
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Beware, one can enhance, adapt, modify, revision, embroidery, embellish, exaggerate and elaborate traditional tales; they have no copyright. Keep the plot lines; we all know the stories from childhood and enjoy the familiarity.
June 27, 2020
My Work Partner
June 19, 2020
No new stories only repeats of the same plots.
The ancient fable Hare and the Turtle,
The set-up – careful Turtle slower that the over-confident Hare;
event - a race;
final event – arrogant Hare (nemesis) falls asleep;
climax- slow, plodding Turtle (protagonist) wins;
and conclusion – Hare can’t believe the Turtle won, and neither can the Turtle believe she won.
The basic plot remains the same, speaking to our genetic bodies. Verbal stories are inbred into our spirits, souls, and physic centuries before writing, photos, movies, or computers. The bones of our stories connect to our bones. We have heard stories for eons in many versions. Writers and storytellers tailor narratives for us; they enhance, fabricate, and re-image the characters and places, and use basic plots. Think about all novels and movies based on The Hare and Turtle. The same simple plot satisfies the teller, writer, listener, reader, and viewer.
May 2, 2020
I have rituals to enter the ZONE of writing!
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My RITUAL for WRITING
Well, usually sitting in a chair outside in the fresh air watching the birds, which are the muses for my writing. These spirits squall, sing, dash about, rest in a tree, or quietly sit on a nest, maybe even watch me watching them. They could be shape-shifters, waiting.
I'm taken into their InBetween, my reality mixes with theirs - I find I'm flying, relaxed, cheerful, I'm ready.
So, in this feeling of the InBetween realms, gliding, swinging, sliding, singing, I head for my computer, turn it on, find the right blog or story/chapter on Scrivener and start writing.
If I need refreshing, I sat outside again. In the winter, I walk in the rain around my yard and wonder where the birds are. Usually, one or two appear. If there is a storm, I watch from my window, soon one flies by and looks at me, as if saying, "Write!"
My muses are always outside in their realm, cheering.
OOPS, well, there are the predators, the CROWS, who come in to eat and destroy the home of the JAYS, who eat and kill the smaller birds. Then the squirrels do their damage to my miniature MUSES. And, hovering overhead can be an owl or hawk. I do hear this disturbance and horror. I am amazed the smaller birds, my muses, survive.
Then one smallest of a wee bird pecks on my window, I'm not sure what this symbolizes. The pecking happens when I'm busily typing. A camellia grows close to the window. The wee bird hops from branch to branch, pecking as a bird does on the leaves hunting for bugs.
March 4, 2020
Family traditions and customs are included in my stories.
The fun of writing is telling what I know. My life as analogies or metaphors are in my characters, usually the ole grandma, auntie or cousin names changed, places changed, and time changed.
The stories of elves, trolls, pixies, fairies spirits and unwanted guests came from different places and times to the Oakgrove gardens (my yard). These characters from mythology arriving here for the adventure of living with humans. Each character brings a story (folk stories, myths, or legends), mostly from what I perceive and blended with what I have read, researched, experienced, or traveling.
AS I SAY, "Adapted, enhanced, re-imaged, embroidered, modified, elaborated, embellished, and fabricated from what I know and am into the story."
The spirits from the other dimensions are especially interested in what the human youngster Lassie JooJee does her friends and the days of parties, holidays, and celebrations now and before. They compare what they know from their homelands (realm) to what they see and hear from the human Lassie JooJee. And so, the stories started.
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AS I SAY, "Story is my life from my early years fishing and haunting the gold museums in my Colorado, to backwoods travel in Alaska, and then nesting in the richness of diversity in the Bay Area of California. I know my stories through child, daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother as well as art, teaching, writing, and verbal telling – everyone important to create an outstanding fantasy."
August 1, 2019
My writing taking me by surprise!
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Well, not writing specifically; verbal storytelling came in with a blast. Twenty years ago, the computer I used wiped from within and the floppy disk all my children's stories, a first draft novel I finished, and a family tree I had spent 3 years compiling.
As I recovered on my couch, a thought ran through my mind, "Time for you to stand up and tell a story." To stand up and tell one of my creative stories, never. A disgusting, impossible idea, farther more where to start.
I never heard a person tell stories, only lectures about specific subjects. (This was before YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, google blogs, before the cell phones and the videos we watch.) I did find a program at a Park and Recreation Center. Finally at Dominican University in San Rafael, I found a whole series on "How to Tell a Story." Verbally telling was precisely like writing a story; characters, plots, and scenes. And, there were thousands of public domain free stories, the TRADITION TALES, from all over our world to preform.
SO, I stood up and told a story.
NOW . . . TODAY - I write traditional fractured stories. That means I re-write or re-tell folklore by adapted, enhanced, re-imaged, embroidered, modified, elaborated, and embellished characters, scenes, and make subplots. I fabricated to suit my time and to create a better read. All folktales, fairy tales, legends, fables, myth are analogy, metaphors, or simile we use in writing. Traditional tales are the bones of today's movies and novels.
July 3, 2019
My Personal Traits in my Characters
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What personal traits have I written into my characters?
EASY, the love and playfulness of nature and the insects and spirits who play between the light and shadows. This is actually my view of life about the magical spirits that occupy my mind as I sit in my garden watching the trees and flowers grow and bloom.
May 1, 2019
Learned language has power!
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Then in the eighth grade, I learned WRITTEN LANGUAGE HAD POWER, I wrote a piece that was accepted by the local newspaper, on the kid's section, of course, still in the city newspaper, the Rocky Mountain New in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A simple story about a lost dog, who found his way home. The fear of getting lost was every kid's concern during school years because we explored our neighbors. Then when we lived in the mountains of Colorado where my Dad cut the lodgepole pines for telephone poles and fences, there were no paths just a main road. What if I got lost?
This bit of writing I have saved to this day, it sits in a frame in my writing room, reminding me success is here and small counts.
March 29, 2019
Writing a AH-HA moment.
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So a couple of days have passed, of course I forgotten what I was writing about the AH-HA moment. YES!
What scene do I always want help describing without giving away the ending and to keep the read interested.
The scene in every story, the scene where the character is hit, smacked, or dumped on the head by the premise of the whole story, The moment the character realizes, why the journey, mystery, adventure, or the quest in the first place. How all the bumps, detours, battles, arguements, and questions make sense. Why character is driven for a conclusion. The moment the whole fits together for the character without giving the plot away, and the audience stays connected to the stroy until the end!
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At the defining moment of AH-HA describe the charater:
What does the character look like?
What is the character doing?
How does the character move?
What does this character feel?
How are the feelings conveyed?
This 'FREEZE FRAME' moment is the character seen by the storyteller, writer, or film director and not the audience.
March 3, 2019
Main Character, Not the Narrator
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As for the writer, fun to conceive what other characters see, hear, and feels about a main character's struggles and concerns while helping this silent distressed character, who is stronger than any of these think.
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Soon pre-sales for PURSUED will be posted on Amazon and Smashwords.com.
December 21, 2017
Interview, Part 9 - FIRE, the Hunger
First to find stories liked, then print them out, and read over and over to see if plots are suitable. Then I make what I called a ‘Summary Page’: how long the story is, my first sentence, my last sentence, a summary of the plot, and where I told the story, adding notes about the telling that I need to remember.
If I have enough stories on a theme like the FIRE stories, I make a frame, bridge, or a segue through them. That means I plot out each story; have 'character bios' as on FIRE, humans, gods, hummingbird, beaver, Grandma Spider, monkeys, hunters, Bertha Digby. Then make a 'motivation sheet' on each character about their driving concerns that moves the plot forward to the next story.
The beginning, the gods have FIRE and humans and animals want its warmth and light. So, the middle events: Hummingbird gives to the Pines, Beaver gives to all trees, Grandma Spider throws light to the night sky. Until the climax event, a hunter steals the FIRE from the monkeys to the final event, FIRE burns up the forest. The ending conclusion, Bertha Digby replants the forest for all of us.
If you join my newsletter called the EVENTING. . ., I talk about writing and storytelling. As a new subscriber, you receive the Story Charts used for plotting, character motivation, scenes, framing or the segue, with the bonus of the hero’s journey. There are 12 charts in all. The charts were compiled from storytellers, who shared how they organize their stories. I give this information to whoever wants to craft their best stories to tell or write, please honor this.